WMBF News – FEMA Appeal Update

UPDATED FEMA APPEAL Recently revised appeal update was covered by WMBF News.  EARTHWORKS was instrumental in assessing sensitivity within local waterways to determine whether results from the recently modeled Great Pee Dee River was reflecting was was actually occurring within local waterways.

By | August 18th, 2016|Comments Off on WMBF News – FEMA Appeal Update

Plans continue for multi-use Inlet path

Plans continue for multi-use Inlet path Murrells Inlet 2020 continues to move forward with its plans to create an Inlet to Intracoastal multipurpose path, nicknamed the I2I path. Board member Jeff Ciuba reported to the MI2020 board at its Aug. 3 meeting that he has met with Steve Strickland, owner of Earthworks Group Inc., and his staff to create a rendering of the preferred route of the path. Earthworks has been compiling data available to determine the best route. “Now we have to get the whole route surveyed,” Ciuba said. “We will start with phase one, from U.S. Highway 17 [...]

By | August 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Plans continue for multi-use Inlet path

WTBW News – Horry County FEMA Flood Maps

Time is running out for Horry County to appeal FEMA flood maps Published: July 11, 2016 By Abbey O’Brien MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – This is the last week for Horry County to file an appeal of the recently released FEMA flood maps. The maps have caused controversy in the area because FEMA’s new flood zones could cause thousands of people to pay thousands of dollars in flood insurance. Senior environmental scientist, Stephen Williams, has followed the project from the beginning and says the FEMA maps are not accurate representations of Horry County. “The way they’ve constructed the model has some inaccuracies [...]

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WMBF News- Horry County FEMA Flood Maps

Officials look to appeal FEMA flood zone maps Published: May 25th 2016 By: Amy Lipman HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Homeowners, business owners, flood mapping experts and Horry County leaders are concerned about the new Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood zone maps. Lisa Bourcier, spokesperson for Horry County, said the county is under a 90-day review period for FEMA’s maps. That is scheduled to end July 16, but the county applied for a 30-day extension to have more time to study the maps and the data behind them. The county requested additional data from FEMA and is looking into hiring an outside consultant. Horry County staff [...]

By | May 25th, 2016|Comments Off on WMBF News- Horry County FEMA Flood Maps

South Strand News- Murrells Inlet 2020

Murrells Inlet 2020 pays $7,500 for I2I multipurpose path Published: May 19 2016 By: Clayton Stairs The proposed Inlet to Intracoastal Multipurpose Path, nicknamed the I2I, is one step closer to becoming a reality in Murrells Inlet. During a special meeting on May 16, the Murrells Inlet 2020 board of directors voted unanimously to pay $7,500 to the Earthworks Group, a planning and design consulting firm. That amount is for compiling a base map and determining additional surveying and expenses required for the path. Any additional expenses must be approved in advance by the MI2020 board, according to the contract. “Earthworks’ original [...]

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WMBF News- North Myrtle Watershed

North Myrtle Beach aims to cut bacteria levels in watershed Published: February 12th 2016 By: Amy Lipman NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Bacteria in the watershed surrounding Cherry Grove has restricted shellfish harvesting on and off in the area for the past several years, but that could finally change after the city develops a watershed management plan. Kevin Blayton, public works director for North Myrtle Beach, said the city has been trying to take a closer look at the bacteria sources in the watershed for the past ten years, but this is the first grant to come through for the [...]

By | February 12th, 2016|Comments Off on WMBF News- North Myrtle Watershed

Watershed-based Plan was focus of conference

Watershed-based Plan was focus of conference Efforts to inform and educate the public about the Murrells Inlet estuary topped discussions at the Nov. 5 Murrells Inlet 2020 meeting.  The topics covered were presentations at the recent S.C. Water Resources Conference and tentative plans for a grant for implementing stormwater filtering systems recommended in the Murrells Inlet Watershed-based Plan. Steve Williams, a board member of Murrells Inlet 2020 who also works with Earthworks Group, gave an overview of the S.C. Water Resources Conference at the group’s Nov. 5 meeting. He reported that members of a committee that developed the Watershed-based Plan [...]

By | November 17th, 2014|Comments Off on Watershed-based Plan was focus of conference